John Paul Caponigro and I are back from our Digital Photo Destinations workshop in the Puna & Atacama deserts spanning three countries – Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. Some of the major highlights from this spectacular landscape were the pumice stone fields of Campo De Pedro Pomez, The Red Labyrinth. Salinas Grandes, and Salar De Uyuni. Stretching more than 600 miles from Northern Chile, the Atacama Desert rises from a thin coastal shelf to the pampas—virtually lifeless plains that dip down to river gorges layered with mineral sediments from the Andes. The pampas rises up to the altiplano or the foothills of the Andes, with rising volcanoes along the continental divide, reaching more than 20,000 feet. According to NASA, the Atacama is the driest desert in the world. Part’s of the Chilean Atacama have not seen rain since record keeping began. Without water the environment is sterile so nothing breaks down and everything is permanently preserved.